BMW i3

Battery Electric Vehicle

£29,570Price from

27.2 kWhUseable Battery

105 miReal Range

255 Wh/miEfficiency

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Price from £29,570

Availability Current model
Available from October 2017
Available until -

Lease (BCH) from £350 pcm

Annual VED £0
Congestion Charge £0
Insurance Group 21-28
Price shown is On The Road Price: it includes VAT, first year VED, vehicle first registration fee, number plates and delivery. The price also includes the Plug-In Car Grant of £4500. Leasing indication is based on BCH calculation excluding VAT, 6+35 months duration, 10000 annual mileage and excluding maintenance. For comparison only, actual lease offers can differ significantly from the indication shown.

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Real Range between 75 - 160 mi

City - Cold Weather 105 mi
Highway - Cold Weather 75 mi
Combined - Cold Weather 90 mi
City - Mild Weather 160 mi
Highway - Mild Weather 95 mi
Combined - Mild Weather 120 mi
Indication of real-world range in several situations. Cold weather: 'worst-case' based on -10°C and use of heating. Mild weather: 'best-case' based on 23°C and no use of A/C. The actual range will depend on speed, style of driving, climate and route conditions.

Performance

Acceleration 0 - 62 mph 7.3 sec
Top Speed 93 mph
Electric Range 105 mi
Total Power 125 kW (168 hp)
Total Torque 184 lb-ft
Drive Rear

Battery and Charging

Battery Capacity 33.2 kWh
Port Location Right Side - Rear
Charge Port Type 2
Charge Power † 11 kW AC
Charge Time (0->105 mi) † 3 hours
Charge Speed † 36 mph
Battery Useable 27.2 kWh
FC Port Location Right Side - Rear
Fastcharge Port CCS
Fastcharge Power 50 kW DC
Fastcharge Time (11->84 mi) 25 min
Fastcharge Speed 170 mph
† This can only be achieved using a 3-phase grid connection. The majority of homes and charge points do not have this connection. In practice charge power will often be 7.4 kW, allowing for a charge time of 4h30m and a charge speed of 24 mph.

Energy Consumption

EVDB Real Range

Range 105 mi
Vehicle Consumption 255 Wh/mi
CO2 Emissions 0 g/mi
Vehicle Fuel Equivalent 156 mpg

NEDC Ratings

Range 186 mi
Rated Consumption 210 Wh/mi
Vehicle Consumption 145 Wh/mi
CO2 Emissions 0 g/mi
Rated Fuel Equivalent 192 mpg
Vehicle Fuel Equivalent 277 mpg
Rated = official figures as published by manufacturer. Rated consumption and fuel equivalency figures include charging losses.
Vehicle = calculated battery energy consumption used by the vehicle for propulsion and on-board systems.
NOTE: The fuel equivalency figures are shown in IMPERIAL MPG. Figures in US MPG will differ significantly.

Real Energy Consumption between 170 - 360 Wh/mi

City - Cold Weather 255 Wh/mi
Highway - Cold Weather 360 Wh/mi
Combined - Cold Weather 300 Wh/mi
City - Mild Weather 170 Wh/mi
Highway - Mild Weather 285 Wh/mi
Combined - Mild Weather 225 Wh/mi
Indication of real-world energy use in several situations. Cold weather: 'worst-case' based on -10°C and use of heating. Mild weather: 'best-case' based on 23°C and no use of A/C. The energy use will depend on speed, style of driving, climate and route conditions.

Dimensions and Weight

Weight Empty 1320 kg
Seats 4 people
Cargo Volume 260 L
Cargo Volume Max 1100 L
Length 4011 mm
Width 1775 mm
Height 1598 mm
Wheelbase 2570 mm

Company Car Tax Indication

BIK Tax Rate 13%
P11D Value from £34,015
Benefit in Kind (BIK) £4,422
BIK @ 20% £74 pcm
BIK @ 40% £147 pcm
BIK @ 45% £166 pcm
* = estimated value. Average energy consumption and range based on moderate drive style and climate. Real-life values may differ significantly. Pricing information might not be actual for some regions. No rights can be derived from the information on this site.

Similar electric vehicles

BMW i3sBMW i3s £2,905 more expensive 5 mi less range 5% faster acceleration 6% less energy efficient 4% slower rapid charging
Renault Zoe Q90 ZE40Renault Zoe Q90 ZE40 £5,050 less expensive 35 mi more range 85% slower acceleration Similar energy consumption 14% slower rapid charging
Range comparision based on electric range only. Rapid charging comparison based on rapid charge rate. Fuel economy based on start with full battery and average fuel consumption over first 50 mile. Comparisons can be based on estimates.

Home and Destination Charging (0 -> 100%)

Charging is possible by using a regular wall plug or a charging station. Public charging is always done through a charging station. How fast the EV can charge depends on the charging station (EVSE) used and the maximum charging capacity of the EV. The table below shows all possible options for charging the BMW i3. Each option shows how fast the battery can be charged from empty to full.

Type 2 (Mennekes - IEC 62196)
Charging Point Car Uses Power Time Rate
Wall Plug (2.3 kW) 230V / 1x10A 2.3 kW 14 hours 8 mph
1-phase 16A (3.7 kW) 230V / 1x16A 3.7 kW 8h45m 12 mph
1-phase 32A (7.4 kW) 230V / 1x32A 7.4 kW 4h30m 24 mph
3-phase 16A (11 kW) 230V / 3x16A 11 kW 3 hours 36 mph
3-phase 32A (22 kW) 230V / 3x16A 11 kW † 3 hours 36 mph

† = Limited by on-board charger, vehicle cannot charge faster.

Rapid Charging (10 -> 80%)

Fastcharging is only possible at public charging points. Fastchargers enable longer journeys by adding as much range as possible in the shortest amount of time. As fastcharges will only charge a battery up to 80% of its capacity at full speed, the optimal fastcharge is between 10% and 80% SoC. The fastcharge rate of an EV depends on the charger used and the maximum charging power the EV can handle. The table below shows all details for fastcharging the BMW i3.

Combined Charging System (CCS Combo 2)
Charging Point Car Uses Time Rate
CCS (50 kW DC) 50 kW 25 min 170 mph
CCS (100 kW DC) 50 kW † 25 min 170 mph
CCS (150 kW DC) 50 kW † 25 min 170 mph

† = Limited by fastcharge capabilities of vehicle

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All about the BMW i3

Pricing

The BMW i3 has a Recommend Retail Price (RRP) of £33,340 and an On The Road Price (OTR) of £34,070. The OTR Price includes VAT, first year of VED, vehicle first registration fee, number plates and delivery. The BMW i3 is eligible for the Plug-In Car Grant (PICG) of £4,500. The grant will be applied to the final invoice price of the car. The OTR Price including the PICG for the BMW i3 is £29,570.

Drivetrain and Performance

The BMW i3 is a full electric vehicle (BEV). The maximum power of the BMW i3 is 125 kW (168 hp). The maximum torque is 184 lb-ft. The BMW i3 is rear wheel drive and can accelerate from 0 to 62 miles per hour in 7.3 seconds. The top speed is 93 mph.

Battery and Charging

The battery of the BMW i3 has a total capacity of 33.2 kWh. The usable capacity is 27.2 kWh. A range of about 105 miles is achievable on a fully charged battery. The actual range will however depend on several factors including climate, terrain, use of climate control systems and driving style.

For example: sustaining high speeds in cold weather could result in a range of around 75 mi. However, driving at low speeds in mild weather will increase the range to around 160 mi.

Charging is done using a Type 2 connector and the on-board charger has a maximum power of 11 kW. This charges a fully depleted battery back to full in around 3 hours. However, a 3-phase grid connection is needed to achieve this. The majority of homes and charge points currently do not have this connection. In most cases the maximum charging power will be 7.4 kW, allowing for a charge time of 4 hours 30 minutes and a charge rate of 24 mph. Charging the car using a regular wall plug will take around 14 hours.

Rapid charging is possible through a CCS connection. The maximum rapid charge power is 50 kW, which charges the battery from 10% to 80% in around 25 minutes. A rapid charge like this will add about 70 miles of range.

Energy Consumption

The combined (motorway and city) energy consumption of the BMW i3 is about 255 Wh per mile. By comparison, this energy consumption is the equivalent of a fuel consumption of 156 mpg in a traditional petrol car.

The actual energy consumption will depend on several factors including climate, terrain, use of climate control systems and driving style. For example: sustaining high speeds in cold weather could result in an energy use of around 360 Wh per mile. However, driving at low speeds in mild weather will increase the efficiency to about 170 Wh per mile.

CO2 Emission

The BMW i3 emits no CO2 during driving. This only includes direct emissions from the vehicle itself. The energy needed to charge the battery might have been (partly) generated by the use of fossil fuels. Vehicles with an internal combustion engine will always emit CO2 during driving. Additionally, CO2 is emitted during the production and transport of fossil fuels.

More information from BMW

The link below will open the page of the i3 on the official BMW site.

Go to the i3 on the official BMW website.

Preceding model

The model shown on this page is the successor of the BMW i3 94 Ah, which was available from July 2016 until August 2017. The previous model was £1000 less expensive, had similar range, same acceleration and was similar in energy consumption.

Preceding model BMW i3 94 Ah